2018: My Travel Year in Review
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
From the time I was able to, I've always loved to write. I love it nearly as much as I love to travel. But I don't think I ever truly found my voice until I started to write about our travels. So to make sure I get plenty of practice, I need to jam pack as many amazing adventures into a year as I can. This year was no exception, with some cruising, expedition cruising, work trips to Las Vegas and the Bahamas, a quick getaway to Boston, and finally taking the time to visit Ireland and Northern Ireland.
February - Help good friends fund raise for Team Diabetes and then fly to Puerto Rico to board a ship where we spend each port day going for a run? Why not? Although we didn't get much time to spend in PR, we made the most of it before boarding the Adventure of the Seas. Our running itinerary took us to St Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, St Lucia, and Barbados - with a backyard bash to celebrate our accomplishments in Barbados.
March - March sent me on an unexpected and wonderful adventure as a large group of travel agents took over Hurtigruten's MS Fram. Expedition cruising is definitely my style and I'm looking forward to several more adventures with this company - I love their style and business philosophy. Small ship cruising is amazing, especially when ships are truly built to get you off the beaten path. This was an amazing way to see more of my own country.
April - For a few days in April, Go Travel took over Vegas. We toured resorts, checked out some attractions, and hit up a travel conference to touch base with amazing suppliers from all over the globe.
August - It had been years since we had been down to Boston for a game, so on a whim, we decided to take a weekend and make it happen. Go Sox!
October - Ireland and Northern Ireland had been on my travel list forever, and I'm not really sure why we kept picking around it. This year for "Operation Early Birthday Travel", it was time to make it happen. Ireland and Northern Ireland are amazing. You need to go!
October - When your annual travel conference is in the Bahamas, that's pretty good motivation to make sure you go. A few days of relaxing in the sun before an excellent conference was a great way to round out the year.